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Alfa launches Giulia Quadrifoglio at £59K

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio will cost from £59,000 when it goes on sale shortly.

The price for the range-topping version of Alfa Romeo’s BMW 3 Series rival has been announced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the car is making its UK debut.

Giulia Quadrifoglio models use a new 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol engine with 502bhp and 443lbft of torque, mated to an eight-speed auto transmission with paddle shifts. The car is capable of a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds and a 190mph- maximum speed.

The Giulia claims the longest wheelbase in its segment, the car built on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture with a long bonnet and short overhangs. A 50/50 weight distribution aids handling.

Giulias use several high-strength and ultra-lightweight materials including carbon fibre driveshaft, aluminium composite and plastic on the rear crossmember and aluminium on the doors, wings, engines, brakes and suspensions.

Quadrifoglio versions add a carbon-fibre bonnet, roof, front splitter, rear spoiler and body inserts, alongside aluminium doors and wings. Aluminium details are also employed in the braking system and carbon ceramic brake discs and front seats with a carbon-fibre structural frame are on the options list.

Standard specification of Quadrifoglio models includes bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a sports front bumper, a sports rear bumper with diffuser, four-pipe sports exhaust with four outlets; active suspension and bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Alfa Romeo’s new Integrated Braking System, Forward Collision Warning and a rear-view camera with guide lines are all part of the safety specification.

Inside there are bespoke sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara with front seat heaters, steering-column mounted paddle shifters, a seven-inch touchscreen instrument cluster, Alfa Romeo’s new Uconnect 3D Nav 8.8-inch infotainment system, DAB radio, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control with a speed limiter.

Order books open shortly for the Quadrifoglio, which unusually will go on sale before the mainstream Giulia range.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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